It remains to be seen if the novel coronavirus pandemic will still be going — or be experiencing a second spike — in October. But the 107th Southern California Fair has been canceled, just in case.

The Southern California Fairgrounds and Events Center in Perris announced Friday, May 22, that the fair — which had been scheduled to run from Oct. 3 through 11 — has been postponed until 2021. Officials cited the need to “ensure the highest level of safety for the local businesses and families that partake in the fair’s annual festivities.”

“This decision makes my heart feel empty,” SoCal Fair CEO Carl Wuersch is quoted as saying in a news release.

The fair would use the year off to plan “something bigger and better to present to the community when the time comes,” Wuersch said.

For those looking for a taste of the fair, its annual livestock auction will still take place, though officials have not yet decided whether it will happen virtually or in-person.

Things haven’t been entirely quiet at the fairgrounds during the pandemic. The Southern California Fair and Events Center has been used as a drive-through testing site for the virus.


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